|scientific name Agrotis daedalus |
Daedalus is a species of the arid grasslands region, where it can be found in native grasslands in areas with light or sandy soils.
A medium size moth with streaky forewings. The ground color is orange-brown and buff, overlaid with dark brown and black longitudinal streaks along the veins. The costa and veins are dusted and lined with paler scales. The dark orbicular mark in an elongated streak, the reniform a dark blotch, and the claviform is long and partially filled with lighter scales. There is a broad diffuse dark subterminal line. The hindwings are dark grey to black with a pale fringe. The streaky appearance and early spring flight period will separate it from similar species.
Very poorly known. The immature stages are unknown. There is a single annual brood with adults in the spring.
This is a rather rare and local species of the native arid grasslands region.
It is distributed mainly throughout the Great Plains, from west Texas, New Mexico and Arizona west to northern Nevada north to southern Alberta and south central Saskatchewan. In Alberta is has been collected from the lower Red Deer River (Dinosaur Provincial Park) and Lethbridge area south.
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